Internationality: an essential aspect of the University of Klagenfurt
Internationalisation has been an essential trait of universities since their very foundation. The University of Klagenfurt’s geographic location means that internationalisation is of particular significance. Based in a city where three different cultures meet, the university is well-placed to deliver research and teaching on an international level.
The University of Klagenfurt promotes a programme of internationalisation at all levels. This programme of internationalisation is demonstrated in particular by the exchange programmes offered to our students, lecturers and other university staff; funding for young scientists; our hiring policy; research publications, projects and partnerships; and joint programmes run with partner universities.
The university’s internationalisation and partnership strategy has the following aims: The University of Klagenfurt wants to increase diversity in the province of Carinthia. Hosting students from 100 countries and staff from 50 countries, the University of Klagenfurt is already an international campus for the region.
Internationalisation also makes staff and students more competitive. Internationalisation and partnerships are the traditional catalysts for good publications and third-party projects. The aim is also to increase the mobility of both incoming and outgoing students and staff at the University of Klagenfurt.
The University of Klagenfurt has been participating in the Erasmus(+) Programm since 1995.
The Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) provides the general quality framework for European and international cooperation activities a higher education institution may carry out within Erasmus+. The award of an ECHE is a pre-requisite for all higher education institutions located in a Programme country and willing to participate in learning mobility of individuals and/or cooperation for innovation and good practices under Erasmus+.
The Alps-Adriatic Rectors’ Conference (AARC) is a union of over 40 universities from the Alps-Adriatic area and has included the Western Balkans since 2011. The objective of the AARC is to promote co-operation between universities and colleges across the region, as well as co-operation in business, arts and future-oriented projects. AAU took over the presidency of the AARC in 2015 with the aim of inspiring fresh momentum and initiating activities that would strengthen the Alps-Adriatic region.
The whole world is yours:
The Alpen-Adria-Universität’s partner universities
Via Erasmus+ and Joint-Study, the AAU currently holds 440 cooperations with more than 250 universities in 53 countries.
Erasmus+ offers opportunities for subject-specific semesters in individual countries, while for Joint-Study co-operation agreements with the partner universities have been concluded for all study programmes at the Alpen-Adria-Universität.